Okay, that’s not really the headline, but looking at the picture accompanying the story might lead one to believe it is.
Dan Ireland a long time opponent to gambling leads a press conference on the steps of the Alabama State House on the second day of the Alabama legislative session in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday Jan. 14, 2010. ( The Birmingham News/Frank Couch )
These guys have every right to oppose gambling. Personally, I think it’s a short-sighted approach to solving the structural problems that plague Alabama’s budget — over-reliance on sales and income taxes, for one great big thing. What I want to know is where the heck are they when Alabama Arise rallies for tax reform, constitutional reform, better treatment of the poor? Why don’t they put the power of their voices and their congregations behind the dreamers who believe we can build a better, more just world?
I guess it’s easier to rail against “evil” than it is to reach for the light.
(This is not to say that none of the people pictured ever does anything to help the poor, but I know from experience how difficult it is to get faith communities involved in social justice work. Giving someone a handout is easy; trying to change systems that perpetuate poverty is hard. And it might offend big donors, who’ll take their pledge money and go down the street to the congregation that doesn’t “do politics”.)